As 2018 quickly comes to a close, we look back on what a fantastic year it was and look forward to another great year in 2019!
We have absolutely loved helping all our wonderful clients through the year. Helping owners sell their homes as well as finding our buyers their dream home is always fantastic and we love looking after our landlords and finding them the best tenants we can!
The Peter Fisher Team are looking forward to all the exciting things 2019 will bring and we can’t wait to start working on them with you early in the new year.
So much focus at this time of year is preparing for Christmas so, we’ve put our heads together in the office and have come up with some of our best tips and ideas to help make Christmas relaxing and as stress-free as possible.
Wendy’s tip is to make a gift list of everyone you need to buy for and as you buy each gift wrap it as you go and tick it off the list. This will avoid that last minute wrapping on Christmas Eve that seems to take forever! Keep all your paper, tape, ribbons and gift tags handy so you can easily wrap as you go.
When it comes to gift giving, we never like to be caught short so Jade thinks it’s a great idea to buy a couple of little extra gifts to have on hand in case someone unexpectedly buys you a gift or you realise you left someone off your list.
Cathy, as a butcher’s wife, says to make sure to pre-order your cuts of meat, hams and prawns in plenty of time so they are fresh and ready to be picked up when you need them. As a host for Christmas lunch this year, Cathy suggests you make a list of food and drinks, so you don’t forget anything. Also, ask some of the guests to contribute by bringing dessert or nibblies so that you don’t have quite as much to do.
Kim’s tip is to plan to have everything done about 2 weeks before Christmas, so you don’t have to do everything at the last minute which can be very stressful as you do battle with everyone else at the shops who have also left things too long. Once done, you can kick back and enjoy the festivities.
Lisa’s advice, as a member of a large extended family, is to forgo gifts for the adults and only buy for the kids. Do a Secret Santa draw with a set budget for each gift so that each family is only buying gifts for the kids that they draw from the hat. This way you can spend a bit more on each gift while minimising the number of gifts you have to buy. It’s a great way to stick to your budget as well. Gift ideas and Christmas wish list sharing in her family is always a big thing and the group chats fly thick and fast through November and December as the perfect gifts are sought for each kid!
As the head BBQ Chef in his household, Jacob says to make sure in advance that the barbie is clean and the gas bottles are full and ready to start cooking for Christmas Day. By cooking the meat and veggies outside it helps keep inside cooler and more pleasant for the guests on a hot day. Jacob’s most important tip is to make sure that there are plenty of cold beverages on stand-by while you cook!
Ashleigh, as a busy Mum of four, says to get onto the gift buying early and is a big fan of buying gifts online and having them delivered to your home. Ash says to make sure though to check delivery deadlines so you don’t risk having that special gift being not delivered in time.
Finally, upon asking Peter what his top tip for Christmas is, his advice was to ask your wife to do it because she’s way better at organising than he is. Well Pete, practise makes perfect so maybe next year you can have a turn and see how you go …
We hope you find some of these tips helpful and from our team to your family, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a happy New Year and a safe and relaxing holiday break!
OFFICE CLOSURE: We will close at 5.00 pm on Friday, 21 December 2018 and re-open at 9.00 am on Wednesday, 2 January 2019